The Ohio State University at Lima

CLIFFS Program


The Ohio State Lima’s CLIFFS bridge program accepts OSU Lima students and begins three weeks prior to the start of Autumn Semester. Admitted students participate in academic and life skills courses that provide a foundation for the demands and expectations of the University to make the high school to college transition successful.


Admissions to the CLIFFS Bridge program is selective and students who are ultimately selected to participate in the CLIFFS Bridge program represent a variety of academic preparedness/placement, cultural, ethnic and demographic backgrounds, such as:

  • Composite ACT score of 20 or below
  • Neither parent has enrolled or graduated from a post-secondary institution (first-generation)
  • Need for academic and skills enrichment
  • Any incoming student who self selects

CLIFFS Summer Bridge Courses

Seminar Course-
A general overview of college life and including, relationships, racism, safety, finances and social media.

English Enrichment Course-
An integrated reading and writing workshop. Participants are introduced to basic college writing, research, critical thinking, and self-expression through writing, discussion, and presentation.

Math Enrichment Course-
Emphasizes skills remediation, problem solving, and the use of technology. Students progress through a self-paced, customized math program and have small group sessions that focus on improving skills through intensive tutoring.

Study Skills Seminar Course-
A broad overview of a variety of study skills, practices, and techniques based on research and best practices. Includes seminars on various facets of the collegiate experience: college classroom expectations, decision-making, time management, and goal-setting.

Career Development Course-
Introduction to the importance of networking, internships, externships, globalization, and interpersonal relationships with diverse people.

Healthy Lifestyles Course-
Introduction to the health/wellness services available on- and off-campus, as well as to relevant topics and ways to eliminate or reduce their health risks now and in the future.